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Poster: GerryO Date: Jan 18, 2013 8:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taping equipment?

Did you have a shoulder strap for the recorder or did you just sit it on the ground? - had a shoulder strap for the almost 5 lb unit, and the crowd remained seated on the wooden floor during the first two sets.

And did you hold the mic up in the air for the whole show or did you mount it on a hat or something else? - discreetly held in my hand at almost all times, except when I need a spare hand to check tape status and when I probably cradled it on my arm or stuffed the non-working end in a t-shirt pocket, and again I really didn't want to be seen taping. The next time I tried, my equipment was confiscated on entry and returned after the show.

Also, how did you handle tape flips? - badly and I should have pre-wound the spare tape to take up the length of the blank leader and popped it in to replace the first tape, when it ended, before setting up to repeat the process, and instead of fast-forwarding and flipping the tape in use. Auto-reverse would have been so sweet.

Did you keep an eye on your watch so that you could flip the tape at the right time or did you listen for it to stop recording at the end of each side? - don't recall ever wearing a watch, or having a small flash light, and never have smoked, so I wasn't carrying any matches as a light source.

Would a set of batteries last a whole night or did you need to change them? - no issues or changes, starting with a fresh set.

Young, inexperienced, and a little lucky. There are some good stories, none of them mine, in the Comments section of this page:

http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2009/08/short-guide-to-1970-audience-tapes.html